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Southwestern Inspired Styled Shoot from Christina Bernales Photography

This shoot defines lovely. Lovely with a side of some serious style. Lovely dreamt up by Erin Ostreicher Designs and Christina Bernales,  and made possible by one talented team of vendors. The images sitting in this gallery captured by Christina Bernales Photography are overflowing with inspiration, so do yourself a favor this morning by letting yourself get lost is all the lovely right here.

From Christina Bernales + Erin Ostreicher… We collaborated with some wonderful vendors in Vermont to put together a Southwestern, Aztec inspired styled shoot. We wanted the color palette to be colorful, bright but soft, incorporating creams, teals and ivory colors into our decor with a touch of gold and aside from the flowers, stationery, plates and soup bowls, we sourced all of the items in our shoot from antique stores in the area– carefully selecting items that looked casual but not rustic, since we feel that the rustic look is often overdone. Some of our ‘shopping’ was done at the Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont. One of the vendors there, Jolene, has the most stunning collection of vintage wedding dresses! We chose to stick with a very casual look for our model, Lulu Lovering.

We used cacti, succulents, feathers and geometric patterns in our styling to bring the Aztec theme together and Erin created an ombre arrangement on the mantle above the fireplace to frame our table. She also handmade the statement sterling silver ring out of southwestern turquoise and the necklace with quartz and pyrite using an up-cycled brass pendant. The beautiful pottery/serveware we used was courtesy of Julia Paul who creates stunning hand thrown pottery. We felt the colors of the glaze and terra cotta fit in perfectly.

Planning this shoot was so exciting! We are thrilled with the way it came together.

Photography: Christina Bernales Photography | Floral Design + Styling + Jewelry Design: Erin Ostreicher Designs | Makeup: Marieanne Souza of  Flawless Cosmetic Design | Stationery + Menu Design: Christa Alexandra Designs  | Pottery Serveware: Julia Paul Pottery | Model: Lulu Lovering | Venue: Burlington City Arts Gallery, Burlington, Vermont | Linens, Crochet Tablecloth, Dresses, Vases: Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace  | Flutes, Glasses, Vases: Barge Canal Antiques | Gold-rimmed wine glasses: Twice Upon a Time | Antique Lace + Copper Thread (for feather head dress): Delectable Mountain | Feather Headdress: DIY by Christina Bernales

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Vermont Wedding Film from Unique Visions Studio + Daria Bishop Photographers

Father of the Bride speeches are some of my all-time favorite wedding moments.  There’s just something so moving about hearing (and seeing) the love and affection between a father and his daughter that always, always takes my breath away.  And in the case of this beautiful bride and her papa, the love is literally bursting from the computer screen… and is the oh-so-perfect beginning to a film that was beyond stunningly captured by Unique Visions Studio and features minute after minute of pure lovely.  Don’t miss a second and push play.

And because we absolutely adored this film, we couldn’t help but ask our friends from Daria Bishop Photographers to share the goods they captured as well. And boy are we glad we did. Be sure to take a peek right here.


From the Bride… David and I met during our freshman year at Georgetown University. We currently live in Manhattan, but initially considered celebrating our wedding at our alma mater; however Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel was likely to be undergoing renovations, putting a damper on our plans. As such, we started thinking more deeply about what kind of wedding we wanted to have. We were looking for someplace with natural beauty and a casual, but elegant feel to it. More importantly, we just wanted to throw a great party with our family and friends who would be traveling from all over the United States and Connecticut and my sister suggested that we check out Shelburne Farms.  The moment we drove through the gates, we knew that Shelburne Farms was the place and luckily, we were able to snag the last available date for 2012!

Our wedding day could not have been more perfect. From gorgeous weather to delicious food to a ridiculously fantastic band, we can easily say that it was the best days of lives! We were married in the spectacular St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont by my dear childhood friend, Father Sam Kachuba. Our cocktail reception was held on the shores of Lake Champlain with live acoustic guitar provided by Jonathan Harwood of EBE Rio (our unbelievable band) and appetizers including many local fruits, vegetables, cheeses and beers! With our closest friends and family present, we dined and danced the night away under twinkling lights inside the Coach Barn. We honestly don’t know what was a bigger hit – the photo booth or the make-your-own-sundae bar with Vermont’s own Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!

We are immensely grateful to our incredible family and friends who traveled to celebrate this special day with us and to our wonderful vendors who made our dreams for the perfect day a reality.

Wedding Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio | Wedding Photography: Daria Bishop Photographers | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont | Reception Venue: The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont | Celebrant: Father Samuel Kachuba | Wedding Coordination: Andrea Van Hoven from Shelburne Farms | Floral + Lighting Design: Flowers in Season | Caterer: Catering by Dale / Band: EBE Rio | Photo Booth: Green Mountain Photo Booth | Rentals: Vermont Tent Company | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bride’s Earrings: Marisa Perry Atelier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s Tie + Pocket Square: Lord Willy’s | Hair: Anna Evola from Indigo Salon | Makeup: Cynthea Hausman from Cynthea’s Spa

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Vermont Wedding by Dreamlove Wedding Photography

This Vermont wedding by Dreamlove Wedding Photography is bursting with personality.  I love when a couple takes a wedding trend and totally infuses their own individuality and style into it.  The wild, overgrown and bushy initials against rustic doors are an awesome take on the traditional moss letters.  And I love that the entire venue is covered in the paper cranes handmade by the groom’s brother even the wrought-iron chandeliers.  There are even more funky finds in the full gallery so make sure you head on over there!

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From Dreamlove Wedding Photography… Emelia and Tony had a gorgeous wedding in Burlington, Vermont.  Their ceremony and reception had tones of urban hip, blended with country vintage charm that seemed to fit both the bride and groom’s personalities perfectly.

So many friends and family played a role in this wedding, it was touching to see a community come together to create an amazing wedding day!  Paul, the groom’s brother, and an artist based in Barcelona, folded one thousand paper cranes to hang in the entry way to their reception, and to decorate the tables with.  In Japan, a thousand paper cranes are given as a gift, by someone who wishes a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple.  A family friend of the bride designed and built their ceremony arch, which was made from bent branches and decorated with hydrangeas, the flower of choice for the reception.  A close friend of Emelia’s, Casey Reynolds, and Emelia’s mother, Kendree Parker, designed and decorated the reception with flowers that poured from antique ball jars and vases.

Emelia surprised Tony by wearing a pair of adorable red flats, a gift from Tony early in their relationship.  Tony was overjoyed when he saw her in them!  The couple also designed their own cookbooks as wedding favors to guests, and brought out chalkboards at the reception for guests to write messages on!

Emelia and Tony had their wedding at a country club, but this hardly felt like a country club wedding.  It just goes to show, that with a unique vision and friends and family to lend their creative skill, weddings can have all of the charm of a vintage country setting, no matter where they are!

Wedding Photography: Dreamlove Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue & Catering: Vermont National Country Club / DJ: Top Hat Entertainment / Dessert: Fischer’s Fancies / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel via Bella Sera Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Floral Design: Casey Reynolds, Friend of the Bride & Groom + Kendree Parker, Mother of the Bride / Groom’s Attire: Indochino / Paper Cranes: Paul Brogna / Makeup: Mirror Mirror

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